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Thursday Scoop: North Atlantic Trump Organization (NATO)

Plus, a generational voice celebrates her birthday.



Welcome to the Morning Scoop for July 12, 2018. Trump got off the plane in Belgium demanding that other countries in the NATO alliance spend more money…or else. Sounds like a threat, right?

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Trump Is Storming NATO While Allies Stay Firm

Trump and Macron looking like they got along at some point…but not today. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

As you read this, President Trump walks around Brussels, Belgium at the North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO) summit, meeting with world leaders and speaking on important issues regarding the alliance.

During a speech early this morning, President Trump repeated several times that the allies of NATO have “agreed” to raise their defense spending. “Tremendous progress has been made. Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before.” According to The Washington Post, Trump also shared in various meetings that if the allies did not raise their spending, he would have the U.S. “do its own thing,” which potentially means withdrawing from NATO, although the president stated that this would be “unnecessary.” Trump then reaffirmed that he believes NATO is a strong alliance, easing everyone’s worries.

French President Emmanuel Macron denied that NATO allies agreed to increase their spending more than the previously set goal of a 2% raise, agreed upon back in 2014. However, NATO allies still have until 2024 to reach this goal.

Groundbreaking Experiment Designs Cancer Cells Attack to Their Own Tumors

Yes,  you read that right: scientists have figured out how to make cancer cells become traitors to their own tumors. Thanks to CRIPR genome-editing technology, a four-year study has made extraordinary headway as of Wednesday, discovering that human immune systems could potentially fight cancer on their own.

This new experiment conducted by Khalid Shah and a team at the Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital could hold preliminary answers on how to progress on the seemingly impossible standstill of cancer treatment.

To read more about this breakthrough, go to Kayleigh Shultis’ story here.

To Showcase the Boys’ Rescue, Tham Luang Cave Will Become a Museum

On Wednesday, the head of the operation for the rescue of 12 Thailand boys and their soccer coach announced that Thailand’s Tham Luang cave will become a museum to showcase how the operation took place.

According to Reuters, Narongsak Osottanakorn said in a news conference that the Tham Luang cavern system will become an interactive exhibit to showcase the rescue after the cave has been put on the map, because of the national coverage of the boys’ rescue.

Read about the effort to commemorate this crazy mission, read Jessica Watson’s story here.

Today in a Tweet: Happy Birthday, Malala!

Women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai celebrates her 21st birthday today, which is known around the world as #MalalaDay. 

Last But Not Least: Kylie Jenner Is Projected to be the Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Yesterday, Forbes published a cover story announcing the youngest projected self-made billionaire, which showed Kylie Jenner at the age of only 20, has a net worth of $900 million. Yes, you read that correctly, and in just one more year, the magazine estimates that she’ll become the youngest billionaire in history, at age 21.

Twitter users have mixed feelings on her status of “self-made,” whereas Forbes defines it as “anyone who didn’t inherit any part of their money.” People argue, because her reality star fame, that it was the help of her family that made her become this rich, even if Kim Kardashian only has a net worth of $350 million dollars.

To see how Twitter reacted to Kylie’s success, check out Erin Whitten’s report here.

Thursday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Duane MurphyBrandon WalkerJessica WatsonErin WhittenKayleigh Shultis and the CMN Staff. When you thought it was Friday, but then you realize it’s only Thursday…that’s how you know you need a bubble bath and a huge cold brew coffee (the one with vanilla sweet cream). Don’t forget your rubber ducky. 

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